Official Guides to the City of London
The City of London is the historic heart of London with almost 2,000 years of history. Behind its street facades are alleyways with nooks, crannies and hidden depths. The only way to explore them effectively is with an experienced qualified guide who can give you unique insights about the City’s architecture, history, customs and pageant, as well as entertaining you with a fund of stories. City of London Guides complete a one year course, and pass written and practical exams, before they are awarded their badge by the Lord Mayor of London. The Course is organised by the City of London Corporation, and accredited and examined by the Institute of Tourist Guiding. City Guides wear a distinctive red, white and gold badge and they are the Official Guides to the City of London.
There are regular walks and tours detailed on this website, where you can just turn up on the day. Scheduled Smithfield walks and Guildhall tours need to be pre-booked because of restricted numbers. Click on the Calendar or Regular walks and tours section for details.
In our Find a Guide section you will find the contact details of guides who offer walks and tours on a range of themes and topics. This section can be searched by topic, languages offered, or by name of guide. Many of our members also offer lecture titles connected to the City of London.
Our Association provides walks and tours in the City of London which you can just turn up and join. If you want a walk or lecture for a group of people, contact one of our members who will provide a walk or lecture about the City of London or just about any aspect of it.